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LOGGING HISTORY
Darrington, Washington
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Darrington is a surviving town brought about by the feverish rush for gold at the Monte Cristo Mine, about 24 miles south.
In the 1880-1890's, a settlement was created on the south shore of the Skagit River called Sauk City.
From Sauk City, the Everett and Monte Cristo Railroad was cut out south along the Sauk river.
At a location about 16 miles into the road cutting, a boomtown was created called "STARVE OUT" - DARRINGTON. Skagit River Journal
The Sauk River Logging (Lumber) Company was incorporated on April 1, 1922.
The company constructed and operated a 35 mile logging railroad
in the Darrington area.

One of their locomotives was
Lima Locomotive Corporation
Number 2597.

The company had acquired 400 million feet of timber from the United States Lumber Company and another 35 million from
the Forest Service.

Operations ceased in 1952 and
the company name was
dissolved on July 31, 1956. 

It was previously the
Dannehar Lumber Company.

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The Danaher Lumber Company
was in business until ca. 1923.
When C.D. Danaher moved
his logging operations from Michigan
 to the northwest around 1909.
 
History.
The Darrington Depot was built in 1901,
the same year the first train came to Darrington and
located near the northeast corner of present day
Darrington Street and the Mountain Loop Highway.
Photo courtesy of Burlington Northern

The completion of the last bridge into Darrington and
the arrival of the first train on May 31, 1901,
produced a boom in the town.

By now, the town was laid out with 60-foot-wide streets
running east and west through the center.
More settled businesses came in.
John Montague came up from Oso and
with Charles E. Moore started a store.
The United States Mill employed 100 men
and cut 23,000 board feet per day.


The First Train
The Arlington - Darrington Train,
photo courtesy of the Darrington Historical Society

The train from Arlington came up daily bringing passengers and supplies
and was the focus of the town to see what it would bring. 

Then it would head back "down below" picking up logs and lumber
from the very mills along the way. 
The Northern Pacific Arlington - Darrington Branch is
now the Whitehorse Rails-To-Trails.

The Danaher Lumber Company's locomotive, Lokey,
passing through Darrington, ca 1920.
Photo by W. Ward Woodward.
The Danahar Logging Railroad ran south of
Darrington Street  to their
logging camps along the Sauk River. 

The logging camps were built to be
mobile traveling on the railroad
as camps were moved to
new work sites.

The mobile camp moved six times,
their last trip being moved to town where
several of these buildings are still used today.

 Later Danahar was bought out by
the Sauk River Logging company


Pioneer Hotel
Photo courtesy of Betty Knowls
The Pioneer Hotel was constructed around 1900(circa) and
when completed  would be the largest hotel in Darrington.
 
Notice the train tracks in front. 
The hotels were just west of the train depot and
the siding for the Danahar Logging Railroad